tagged w/ Visual Art
This past Sunday I previewed the Fall 2010 show Lineage that opens on Saturday September 25th and continues on weekends from 1:00-6:00 PM through October 31st and was struck by the high quality of the work (see the slideshow).This past Sunday I previewed the Fall 2010 show Lineage that opens on Saturday... more
A Culture on Canvas – Burmese Contemporary Art
La MaMa Galleria, Theatre Without Borders and ArtAsiaNYC are proud to present the largest exhibition of contemporary Burmese art ever shown in the United States or Europe. The work of 15 leading artists from Myanmar will be on display from September 22 – September 26, with an opening reception on the 22nd . from 4-8 pm. Gallery hours are from 1 – 7 p.m.
Capturing traditional culture on canvas has long been a constant amongst Myanmar’s contemporary artists. At the same time, it is important to bear in mind that the country has been rather isolated from most of the world for the past five decades. It is only in recent years that the nation has started to open up more to tourism and foreign business that has helped to nurture an environment more conducive to artistic expression. In critiquing a previous ArtAsiaNYC exhibition, Asian Art News had this to say:
“There is an unadulterated beauty and charm rarely seen in
contemporary art that can melt even the most hard-nosed
cynics views and lure them into taking pleasure in the serene
splendor of the paintings.”
An article in Newsweek had the following headline: “Asia’s Next Art Boom: Savvy collectors are heading to Burma.”
Richard Streiter, founder of ArtAsiaNYC served as a Dean and Vice President for 28 years at Pratt Institute and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City. Subsequent to retiring from FIT, Mr. Streiter, while touring SE Asia in 2001, discovered and became committed to promoting contemporary Burmese art and providing scholarship and material support to the Yangon State School of Fine Art. He has also made substantial contributions to orphanages and other worthy charitable organizations in Myanmar over the past several years.
For further information contact: Richard Streiter at 212-924-8910 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or La MaMa Galleria – 212-505-2476 (lamama.org). La MaMa Galleria is located at 6 East 1st Street (between Bowery and Second Avenue).A Culture on Canvas – Burmese Contemporary Art La MaMa Galleria, Theatre... more
Information is Beautiful always supplies the greatest design which can simplify some of the most confusing data from the news. In this new design they try to create sense around how much the budget will cut the UK deficit, which starts at £156bn and is said to be £92bn after cuts.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2010/jun/22/budget-2010-information-beautiful-blogInformation is Beautiful always supplies the greatest design which can simplify some... more
Take an art show comprised entirely of works found in the trash, a soapbox derby, countless bands, guerilla theatre interventions, conceptual art pieces, picnics in strange places, video screenings and parades and you get a pretty interesting festival. Remove participation fees, unethical sponsorships, a heavy corporate presence and any form of censorship and replace those negatives with an inclusive community-based approach to the arts and you get the International Infringement Festival.
Created in Montreal in the summer of 2004 and thrown together in just a few months, the festival has managed to survive long enough to enter its seventh year and spread to various communities around the world as varied as Bordeaux, France and Ottawa, sometimes planting roots and continuing. This year, there are four stops on the Infringement circuit: Brooklyn, which already happened in May; Montreal, which gets underway in late June; Hamilton (for the first time) in early July; and Buffalo in the end of July and early August.
“When I first conceptualized this festival it was as a culture-jam against the now-trademarked Fringe Festival,” says Donovan King, still an active infringer in Montreal, “I had no idea whether it would be a one-off or if it would take on a life of its own. I am pleased to see that it has, which means there is a need for this type of critical arts event.”
In its birthplace, the festival is gearing up for another event. This year the fest will feature a Dumpster Dive Art Drive where found objects are turned into works of art while wine is served from a brown paper bag in an alley, a series of picnics in unusual places, the now-infamous street theatre experiment Car Stories (whose getting kicked out of the Fringe prompted the creation of the Infringement) and more traditional indoor music and theatre shows inside established and not-so-established makeshift venues.
While giving various artists a platform to express themselves politically or just plain perform and have a good time regardless of their notoriety or economic capacity, the Montreal fest also has a culture-jamming cell that carries out direct guerilla theatre interventions. In the early years, most of this theatrical critique was directed at the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe and their policy of charging artists, though since 2007, the cell has focused more on other targets like the corporate spam which is sadly now a regular part of the St-Laurent street fair:
This is all possible thanks to the time generously donated by volunteer organizers and a bit of financial support from ethical companies. The festival has very strict criteria as to what types of businesses can and can’t sponsor the event. Those criteria along rules that you can’t charge artists to participate, that you must be run democratically, that artists keep 100% of their box office and that you should try and seek out critical artists with something to say are the only regulations Infringement organizers or would-be Infringement organizers have to follow.
The rest, including the length of the festival, the number of artists that perform, the types of venues provided (if any) and the tone and theme of the event are decided locally based on what the local community needs. The Buffalo Infringement, for example, has a different approach to the hands-on intervention politics practiced by some in the Montreal festival.
“Political issues are tackled by the artist not the fest,” says Jason Klinger, a visual artist and one of the fest’s organizers, “we provide the soapbox, pun intended.”
The pun refers to a soapbox derby open to all artists which the BIF is trying for the first time this year. It is one of what promises to be around 1000 individual performances, up from last year’s rough total of 600.
Many of those acts, if history shows anything, are bound to be politically progressive in nature or at the very least quite unique. I still remember Subversive Theatre’s version of The Exception and the Rule in 2007, staged as a moving street theatre piece and in particular the part where the show had to dodge two other Infringement acts happening in the streets at the same time. The following year, someone named Nobody ran for president at the festival. Nobodys is now the name of one of their more grassroots venues. They’ve also hosted fire shows in the park since 2005.
This year’s slate includes returning infringers The Blood Thirsty Vegans and Anal Pudding, local noteable Eric Starchild and quite a few up-and-coming or unknown artists. Like in Montreal, the Buffalo Infringement has seen its fair share of first-time performers.
Spread out over the Allentown and Elmwood Village neighborhoods, Buffalo is hands-down the largest stop on this year’s Infringement circuit. In what was once a city of millionaires, local independent artists are now breathing new life into a community hit hard economically when the steel industry left town a few decades ago. It is them who welcomed the Infringement with open arms when Subversive’s Kurt Schneiderman first brought it to town in 2005 and it is them who continue to nurture the fest.
“I think there are a lot more artist per capita,” says Long Island native Curt Rotterdam, another Buffalo organizer and infringer since 2006, of his adopted home, “some people left. Artists stayed. Buffalo has a certain charm, maybe it’s the water.”
Klinger adds: “it’s supported because the arts community is very DIY here and they enjoy that about the fest. After all we are the city of good neighbours.”
Just a quick bike ride across the border and down the road a bit from Buffalo, Gary St-Laurent is busy booking bands for Hamilton’s first-ever Infringement to be held this July. While music is generally a large part of any Infringement Festival, in Hamilton, it accounts for the vast majority of performances.
“The Hammer’s a musical oasis and the fest reflects this reality,” says St-Laurent, “so far, only three acts are not musical: Car Stories from Montreal, a dance troupe from Oakville and an Improv comedy troupe from here.”
St-Laurent, also a co-founder of the Infringement in Montreal along with conceptualizer King and the author of this post, plans to bring some musical acts from his former home to town including Ashtray Heart, K-Man and the 45’s, Richard Lahmy and E.J. Brule. They will join local infringers and maybe some talent from Buffalo as well at the roughly 200-capacity This Ain’t Hollywood, an up-and-coming venue that will serve as the epicenter of the festival.
That doesn’t mean it’s the only place where people will be infringing. As luck would have it, the first Friday of the fest coincides with the wildly successful Art Crawl which features vernissages, buskers and a soapbox for political rants. St-Laurent plans for the festival to be a big part of this, much like how the annual College Street Block Party is part of the Infringement in Buffalo.
Integrating with the community and collaborating with other like-minded groups and events is a core part of many an Infringement festival. Rather than employ a top-down approach of festivals having to operate a certain way across the board, each local group of Infringement organizers, provided they adhere to the mandate, are free to tailor their fest to the needs of their community.
Continue reading: http://artthreat.net/2010/06/infringement-festival/
For more on the 2010 Infringement circuit or to find out how you can start a festival in your community, please visit infringementfestival.com. or www.infringebuffalo.org
Jason C. McLean is a cofounder of the Infringement Festival, and can be found at jasoncmclean.com.Take an art show comprised entirely of works found in the trash, a soapbox derby,... more
BWAC's Spring 2010 "Nailed" art show opens this Saturday in Red Hook, Brooklyn.BWAC's Spring 2010 "Nailed" art show opens this Saturday in Red Hook,... more
A video show the visually how much the volcanic ash disturbed the air travel and how it slowly built up again. The footage would also make a great visual demonstration to what it would look like if Europe was attacked by glowing space worms. Lets hope they're not attracted to volcanic ash clouds.A video show the visually how much the volcanic ash disturbed the air travel and how... more
Great information site created by the Guardian, showing visually the party donations information for the first week of the election. The data was released by the electoral commission, so now we can see which party has the biggest budgets for campaigning and who are the biggest donors.
"The Tories received 33 donations between April 6 - the day the general election 2010 was announced - and April 12. Labour received seven donations, totalling just over £783,000. The Liberal Democrats received just two, totalling £20,000."-The Guardian
However, it will be next weeks data that will show the effect of the TV debates. The site has a excel sheet of information with a 'Individual Donations Detailed' that's perfect if you want to double check the donors records.Great information site created by the Guardian, showing visually the party donations... more
I would like to bring five visual art exhibits of Jewish interest to your attention; one has an opening reception tonight, another features a talk tonight, and three more exhibits open on Sunday.I would like to bring five visual art exhibits of Jewish interest to your attention;... more
Weekend events begin early with a Holocaust play this evening, body painting late tonight, a chocolate Shabbat dinner tomorrow, and performances by The Israel Ballet and the jazz duo Burton Greene and Perry Robinson on Sunday. Weekend events begin early with a Holocaust play this evening, body painting late... more
NY Jewish cultural events in the coming weeks include singles events; an author talk; gallery show and meet the artist; a talk by a representative of Uganda's Abadayuda Jewish community; a musical theater work; and the Maccabi Film Festival (Jewish sports movies).
http://www.examiner.com/x-2807-NY-Jewish-Culture-Examiner~y2009m11d18-Events-singles-author-talk-meet-artist-Ugandan-Jews--musical-Macabi-Film-FestivalNY Jewish cultural events in the coming weeks include singles events; an author talk;... more